Finch family files second lawsuit in 24 hours

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Attorneys for the estate of a Wichita swatting victim have filed a new lawsuit in the 18th Judicial District Court.

In the suit, lawyers for the estate of Andrew Finch are suing Wichita police officers Justin Rapp and Benjamin Jonker, both of whom responded to the swatting call that led to Finch’s death in December 2017.

The suit seeks damages for Wrongful death – citing that Officer Justin Rapp and Benjamin Jonker were not trained to deal with the situation they though they were dealing with, which at the time was a murder had hostage situation at the south Wichita home.

The suit seeks damages that resulted in the shooting death of Andrew Finch. Police at the time thought Finch was reaching for a gun and opened fire. It was only after Finch was shot and killed, did they learn he was unarmed and the victim of a hoax call.

Finch’s family has also filed two lawsuits in federal court. One was filed in January 2018, seeking $25 million. A second lawsuit was filed against four other responding officers on Nov. 18.

The Finch family attorney said the decision to file multiple suits is for "efficiency" reasons.

"Our legal team made the decision to file the wrongful death case on behalf of Andrew Finch's children before the upcoming 2 year anniversary of this tragic shooting and within the statute of limitations. For efficiency reasons in the pending federal case, we filed a separate action on behalf of Lisa Finch and Ali Abdelhadi," said attorney Andrew Stroth.

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